1st Edition

Proactivity at Work Making Things Happen in Organizations

Edited By Sharon K. Parker, Uta K. Bindl Copyright 2017
    614 Pages
    by Routledge

    614 Pages
    by Routledge

    As organizations grow increasingly complex and unpredictable, the topic of proactivity at work has become of great importance for contemporary workplaces. Proactivity drives performance and innovation of teams and organizations and boosts individuals’ well-being and careers. When individuals are proactive, they use their initiative at work to bring about a better future. They scan for opportunities, persist until change is achieved, and take charge to prevent problems’ future reoccurrence.

    In this book, leading scholars on proactivity from across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia explore how, why, and when individuals are motivated to initiate change within their organizations or themselves and examine the consequences of various forms of proactivity at work. Individual chapters explore specific concepts of proactivity, such as proactive voice, job crafting, and career proactivity, as well as highlight individual processes and organizational dynamics that underlie successful proactivity at work. By providing insights on key advances and future directions for proactivity theory, research, and practice, Proactivity at Work synthesizes what we already know and identifies what we still need to learn about making things happen at work. This book is relevant to all those involved or interested in Work Psychology and Business, including Human Resource Management scholars.


    1. Proactivity at Work: A Big Picture Perspective on a Construct that Matters Sharon K. Parker and Uta K. Bindl

    Part 1: Forms of Proactive Behavior

    2. Feedback Seeking Behavior: A Person Environment Fit Perspective Katleen De Stobbeleir, Giverny De Boeck, and Nicky Dries

    3. Career Proactivity Sabine Sonnentag

    4. A Review of Job Crafting Research: The Role of Leader Behaviors in Cultivating Successful Job Crafters Haijiang Wang, Evangelia Demerouti, and Arnold B. Bakker

    5. Safety Proactivity in the Workplace: The Initiative to Improve Individual, Team, and Organizational Safety Matteo Curcuruto and Mark A. Griffin

    6. Issue-Selling: Proactive Efforts toward Organizational Change Madeline Ong and Susan J. Ashford

    7. Foci of Proactive Behavior Frank D. Belschak and Deanne N. Den Hartog

    Part 2: Individual Dynamics of Proactivity

    8. Proactive Personality: A Twenty-Year Review J. Michael Crant, Jia Hu, and Kaifeng Jiang

    9. Individual Differences in Proactivity: A Developmental Perspective Chia-Huei Wu and Wen-Dong Li

    10. Aging and Proactivity Hannes Zacher and Dorien T. A. M. Kooij

    11. Proactive Goals and Their Pursuit Thomas S. Bateman

    12. An Identity-Based Perspective on Proactivity: Future Work Selves and Beyond Karoline Strauss and Ciara Kelly

    13. The ‘Hot’ Side of Proactivity: Exploring an Affect-Based Perspective on Proactivity in Organizations Francesco Cangiano, Uta K. Bindl, and Sharon K. Parker

    Part 3: Work and Organizational Antecedents and Outcomes of Proactive Behavior

    14. Work Design and Proactivity Sandra Ohly and Antje Schmitt

    15. Leadership and Employee Proactivity Deanne N. Den Hartog and Frank D. Belschak

    16. Proactive Behavior Training: Theory, Design, and Future Directions Mona Mensmann and Michael Frese

    17. Voice Framing and Sensemaking: A Construal-Level Perspective on Proactive Voice Effectiveness Tina Davidson and Linn Van Dyne

    18. The Dark Side of Proactive Behavior: When Being Proactive May Hurt Oneself, Others, or the Organization Mark C. Bolino, William H. Turnley, and Heather J. Anderson

    19. Teams and Proactivity T. Brad Harris and Bradley L. Kirkman


    20. New Perspectives and Directions for Understanding Proactivity in Organizations Uta K. Bindl and Sharon K. Parker


    Sharon K. Parker is a Professor of Management and Organisations at the Business School, University of Western Australia and an Australian Laureate Fellow. She is a world-leading expert on the topic of proactive work behavior.

    Uta K. Bindl is an Assistant Professor of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is an expert on the topics of employee proactivity and well-being.

    'Proactivity at Work, edited by Parker and Bindl, provides a thoughtful and useful organization of a topic that is of theoretical importance to organizational behavior scholars as well as practical relevance to work organizations. Chapters, which are written by leading scholars from around the world, are likely to stimulate and guide additional work that does not only enhance our understanding of proactivity as an influential scholarly concept, but also connect proactivity to critical organizational practices (such as staffing, training, and mentoring) and phenomena (such as the interface between employees and their leaders and work teams).' – Gilad Chen, Robert H. Smith Chair in Organizational Behavior, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Editor, Journal of Applied Psychology.

    'This is the go-to handbook for research on proactivity. The world’s leading experts to share their frameworks and evidence on the causes, consequences, mechanisms, and boundary conditions of self-starting, change-oriented action.' – Adam Grant, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Author of Originals and Give and Take.